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Published on : Wednesday, August 17, 2016
New figures have asserted that the travellers of London Underground have been victims of 41% spike in violence that is inclusive of sex crimes in the last year. The railways authorities have been making attempts to minimize crime on the DLR and Tube networks since the last 11 years, yet there has been a steady rise in the number of reported incidents.
Passengers are most prone to sexual violence on the route of the Central Line.
According to the latest statistics, 1,961 violent crimes have been reported in the initial six months of 2016 as against 1,389 crimes in the first half of 2015. The number of sexual assaults increased to 460 right from 328.
Last April, BTP or British Transport Police had introduced the ‘report it stop it’ campaign jointly with the TfL (Transport for London) and therefore they were aware of the violent crimes common on London Underground.
The campaign is focused on sexual assault. Furthermore, it offers passengers a certain number to text or call if they notice a crime or experience it.
The figures indicate that Central Line bears testimony to more number of incidents as compared to any other network despite being the busiest network and the incidents occurred between January and June.
Martin Fry, chief superintendent, divisional commander for London told the media that he was disappointed to observe a rise in crimes last year despite 11 years of minimization in the number of crimes.
Fry, however added that during 2015 to 2016, traveller journeys rose by over two million, making the total number of passengers journeys close to 11 million each day.
He also said that in the period from 2005 to 2006, only over 18 crimes were reported per million journeys. However, at present, only 7.3 crimes are reported per million passenger journeys. This proves that the chances of becoming a victim of sexual crime on the rail network of London is “extremely low”.
However, he further said that every crime ruins the safety of the passengers and condemned it. The crime rates have gone up since TfL is getting ready to launch night service for the very first time on certain lines next weekend onwards.